Sexting: An Argument For Better Sex-Ed

I think all feminists can agree that comprehensive sex-education is important for teenagers; we can also agree that it shouldn’t just be about sex. Teenage dating culture has become more and more volatile, especially with the advent of technology.

One day last winter Margarite posed naked before her bathroom mirror, held up her cellphone and took a picture. Then she sent the full-length frontal photo to Isaiah, her new boyfriend.

Both were in eighth grade.

They broke up soon after. A few weeks later, Isaiah forwarded the photo to another eighth-grade girl, once a friend of Margarite’s. Around 11 o’clock at night, that girl slapped a text message on it.

“Ho Alert!” she typed. “If you think this girl is a whore, then text this to all your friends.” Then she clicked open the long list of contacts on her phone and pressed “send.”

Conservatives have managed to trick schools and parents into believing that their children aren’t sexually active in some way, that they are pure innocent souls whose only information on sex comes from whether or not their parents give them a talk on the ‘birds and the bees’. This is obviously untrue and unfortunately dangerous for teenagers; ignorance always is. Just as important, there is also a need for schools and parents to find different ways to deal with ‘sexting scandals’ with better means than slut shaming and re-victimizing.

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